Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador used a song by Grupo Firme to send a message. Yesterday (June 6), AMLO played the Mexican band group’s hit “Ya Supérame” during a press conference.
President López Obrador dedicated Grupo Firme’s kiss-off anthem “Ya Supérame” to conservatives who were criticizing the victory of Delfina Gómez. This week, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) was overthrown in the state of Mexico (Edomex) after governing that area for over 90 years. Gómez, who is a part of López Obrador’s MORENA party, defeated PRI’s candidate Alejandra del Moral Vela by eight points.
One critic who particularly upset President López Obrador was Mexican writer Denise Dresser. She wrote a lengthy tweet against Delfina Gómez’s win that has been described as vulgar. Among her criticisms, Dresser called the newly elected governor of Edomex “stinky.” López Obrador took offense to that word and called the use of it classist, discriminatory, and offensive to many people.
“It is a model of thought and there has always been classism, racism, these airs of superiority, but it wasn’t out there,” Mexico’s President said in Spanish during the press conference. “It was hidden. And now, that anger is coming to the surface. […] El pueblo knows.”
President López Obrador then asked for “Ya Supérame” by Grupo Firme to be played. “Put it on,” he said in Spanish with a smile. “It’s going to be helpful for them.” He was presumably talking about the people who opposed Delfina Gómez’s victory, like Dresser. The screen behind him then played the music video for Grupo Firme’s song.
Last December, President López Obrador made headlines after inviting Bad Bunny to perform at El Zócalo. He wanted to make up for the Ticketmaster fiasco in Mexico City that resulted in people being denied entry to Benito’s concert after many counterfeit tickets were sold.